Detour by Cyndi Lauper
Can Cyndi Lauper tone it down enough to record a cover album of country classics? Judging by the album's PR photos, the answer is "no." But I'm happy to report that Detour by Cyndi Lauper is a well-done cover album of country classics that are respectful interpretations of these songs and a good showcase for Lauper's infectious enthusiasm for the material. The album's opener is Wanda Jackson's "Funnel Of Love," which is a great choice because it let's Cyndi transition her kitschy, unmistakable pop-voice into a sixties-ish southern garage rock sound. The title track is "Detour" which is a Paul Westmoreland penned song which I've always known as a Willie Nelson song and it has a good energetic swing that fits Lauper's personality well. She also has a loving cover of "Misty Blue," which I believe is an Ella Fitzgerald song. A country cover album would not be complete without a Patsy Cline cover and this album has two, "Walkin' After Midnight," which I love and "I Fall To Pieces." The highlight track though has to be Lauper's duet with Willie Nelson on "Night Life." Hear are two wildly different voices from two wildly different people, and yet they make this song work. Vince Gill, Jewell, and Emylou Harris also make guest appearances on the CD.
I'm adding "Funnel Of Love," "Detour," "Misty Blue," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Night Life" to rotation.
Preview Detour by Cyndi Lauper.